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I were just wondering if any of you guys know a good place to find information on using an Imperial Guard army with WWII-style tactics and selections? I were mostly looking for german tactics. Also schemes for what colors troop uniforms and tanks used during WWII, preferably german as well.
I hope I don't offend anyone by asking this. If I do, please discard or remove this post from the forum.
Step 1: NO SWASTIKAS! Red-white-black colour scheme is also a bit controversial, and should be avoided.
Step 2: Field-grey, and lots of it. Soldiers' uniforms and tanks both. Details in silver. Some tanks may be painted camouflage.
Step 3: The Wehrmacht Cross (simple version) on the side of tank turrets, with a number stencilled in white.
Cross like this:
Catapultam habeo. Nisi omniam pecuniam mihi dabis, saxum immanem ad capitem tuum mittam.
If you're going for WW2 Germans.. Steel legion are very clearly based on the Panzer divisions and early forms of mechanized infantry. Their helmets are definately the most WW2 German.
Death Korps of Krieg (if you can stand a lot of conversion or a not particularly awe-inspiring result) look very much like World War 1 German troops. Not what you're going for, but consider them, they're very cool.
I'd avoid using the Swastika or the Wermacht Cross, not because they're controversial, but because the symbols mean nothing in 40k. German soldiers rarely had swastikas on their uniforms anyway, except perhaps SS officers.
Field Grey is a good choice indeed.. But, if you need an alternative. Light brown camoflage with dark brown streaks or mottles was commonly used by the Waffen SS, if I remember right, and the Fallschirmjager paratroopers (pardon my spelling, I always forget this word) wore conventional green camoflage.. That is, if the sources I'm working on are correct. Sorry if they're not.
Ultimately, if you don't find an army which plays like you want. Just make one. The doctrines system is very flexible in this regard.
to make it look realistic, I would suggest you get your inspiration from sources from one theatre of war, where you have an infinite amount of possibilities (eg: North Africa, Russian winter, Balkan, Italy...) with their own colour patterns.
The tactics, however, are not that well represented as the IG uses tanks in support of the infantry. A viewpoint that was obsolete by the time of WWII, with the Wehrmacht using armoured regiments. You might use the mechanised doctrine (with fits the Steel legion nice anyway) , or go for an all-infantry devision.
There is this book about PanzerGrenadiers by Ospray. Look it up its very, very good.
Three Companies of the 26th Vinancium
143rd Airborne Badgers (99.9% done)
159th Corsair Rifles (35% done))
69th Armored Wall Busters (95% done)
Total 197 men, 12 tanks, 4 Heavy Artillery Pieces
The comment, "no swaztikas" should be modified to "include equally diabolical symbol worthy of a 40k army." Nothing says "were here for your children" like a spinning pattern of swords eclipsing a skull. I personally like the camoflauge pattern "flekard" (sp?) as commonly employed by elite German units. The camo shirt/coat with grey or black trousers adds great variation to this look. It says "I pulled this coat off a dead guy" or "supply didn't have my size." Or whatever.
*Fart* "Keep talking sir, we'll find you!"
Death Korp of Kreig definitely, with Krieg BaneBlade squadrons and those other tanks they get in Epic now
I painted my cadians in black. They look a little like SS uniforms, but I was careful not to paint any crosses or swatsikas. I find the whole Nazi ideal objectionable, anyway. Instead I tried to make them look, well Imperial. I painted gold trim on the edges to try and take away the SS look. I think I succeeded. They look more like a Bismarckian force than a Nazi force.
Obviously it's a controversial issue and people need to be sensitive about this kind of thing. There's a lot of strong feeling about it.
Harry Lime, 'The Third Man'
"In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. "
I know of a German tactic used in WWII called Blitzkreig.
Basicly it was a big tank assualt with the vehicles rushing toward the enemy and the infantry using them as cover to advance.
if u wanna use the swastika then use it, I would reccomend not to cuz they wont allow u in tourneys with them or in stores etc. and its SO OVERDONE, theres nothing special about a nazi themed army anymore, i would definitely try to get a "the NAZI's are coming to kill us all, no matter how hard and fast we run, we cant escape....." feel in the army without actually using any WW2 symbology, make them reminiscent(sp?) of NAZI's but not overtly NAZI, remember be subtle...